Arsenal Women will play Okzhetpes of Kazakhstan on 18th August in their first Champions League qualifying round. Arsenal are in the League Path of the qualifiers with fifteen other teams, who are split into four mini-tournaments featuring a semi-final, a final and a third place match. (Teams from the third placed match do not have the opportunity to qualify, it’s just a further game for some of the smaller teams in this stage of the draw to justify travel expenses).
If the Gunners beat in a one-off game (venue TBD), they will play the winners of PSV Eindhoven v Lokomotiv Moskva in the final of that mini-tournament on August 21st. If Arsenal win that tie, they will play a two-legged playoff match against either Rosengard, Slavia Praha, Lyon or Wolfsburg (they cannot be drawn against Manchester City as the teams are from the same country) to qualify for the group stage.
It’s the beginning of a hectic schedule for Arsenal, who will have at least nine players at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, which run from 21st July until 5th August. It’s not yet clear whether those players will be available for the Champions League qualifiers. New coach Jonas Eidevall will take charge of the team after his contract at Rosengard finishes on July 12th to take pre-season with some players already back at London Colney for testing.